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House of Councilors member Kotaro Tamura quit the Liberal Democratic Party on Friday, becoming the first lawmaker to do so since the party was ousted from almost half a century in power in August.

Tamura, 46, who is among the Upper House members whose terms expire next summer, may seek to join another party, possibly the ruling Democratic Party of Japan or the tiny Your Party, in pursuit of re-election, though sources have said he will remain independent for the time being.

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